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Australian defense force commits to keep supporting F-FDTL on capacity building

Australian defense force commits to keep supporting F-FDTL on capacity building

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DILI, 19 august 2022 (TATOLI) – The Australian Defense Force is committed to keep supporting Timor-Leste’s National Defense Force (F-FDTL) on capacity building in many areas.

“It’s a courtesy meeting with General Angus John Campbell, a senior officer in the Australian Army. During the meeting, we discussed the future cooperation between F-FDTL and the Australian Defense Force focusing on capacity building and training in leadership, military tactics, and strategy, military medicine, administration, logistics management, and engineering,” The Chief of the General Staff of F-FDTL, ‘Falur Rate Laek’ told reporters after having a courtesy meeting with his Australian counterpart, Angus John Campbell, at F-FDTL Headquarters in Dili, today.

He said during the meeting they also talked about trilateral cooperation between the Armed Forces of the pacific island nations.

“Australia has already supported Timor-Leste in many ways. For instance, many of our top military officers obtained their military academic courses from Australia,” Falur Rate Laek stressed.

According to Australian Embassy in Dili, through the Defense Cooperation Program (DCP), Australia has supported F-FDTL in developing capabilities in English language skills, maritime security, engineering, infantry skills, strategic policy, governance, finance, and communications.

This assistance was delivered by 24 in-country advisers, comprising 21 Australian Army personnel (stationed at Dili and Metinaro), two Navy (Port Hera), and one APS adviser.

Methods of assistance include mentoring, infrastructure development, participation in ADF exercises and training, and direct service-to-service training.

Training opportunities offered in Australia include those run by the Australian Defence Force Academy, Australian Defence College, Royal Military College – Duntroon, and through the Defence Cooperation Scholarship Program.

A formal Defence Cooperation Agreement covering the relationship between our defense organizations is under development.

In 2017, Timor-Leste accepted Australia’s offer to gift two new Austal-built Guardian Class Patrol Boats (GPBs) under the Pacific Maritime Security Program (PMSP). The PMSP would see GPBs delivered to 12 Pacific nations and Timor-Leste as part of Australia’s US$2 billion commitment to regional maritime security. Timor-Leste will receive the boats in 2023.

The boats will operate as sovereign assets of Timor-Leste and will be packaged with long-term training, advisory, maintenance, infrastructure, and other support. This has already started with dedicated training for the F-FDTL and design work on infrastructure upgrades. A proposal to conduct joint patrols of Timor-Leste’s Southern Economic Exclusive zone is also being explored to enhance maritime security and domain awareness.

The DCP is assisting the F-FDTL to develop a peace operations capability by providing specialist training in Timor-Leste and Australia, supporting the F-FDTL Peace Operations Training Centre to achieve United Nations accreditation and facilitating opportunities for the F-FDTL to learn international best practices at peace operations seminars.

“The English Language Program is a flagship element of the DCP, providing foundational skills for other priorities such as maritime security and peace operations.   Approximately 30% of the F-FDTL have received DCP-sponsored language training from basic to advanced levels in Australia and Timor-Leste,” said in Australian Embassy website.

 

Journalist: Filomeno Martins

Editor: Nelia Borges

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